The Ottawa Food Bank is a respected charity with deep roots in the Ottawa community. We raise food and funds to support tens of thousands of people who need emergency food services every month. Working in partnership with 112 member agencies, we provide food and programming through community food banks, meal programs, Kickstart After 4 programs and our Community Harvest Farm program.
The Ottawa Food Bank is looking for two individuals to fill full-time, contract positions as Community Harvest Assistants starting mid-April 2021 and finishing the contract early November 2021. The successful candidate(s) will have experience and general interest in gardening and farming, is reliable and able to work long days in varying weather conditions.
The ideal candidate is a team player who has a mature attitude and understanding of agricultural practices and some experience using farming equipment. They also have experience supporting, and working with volunteers, as well as well honed customer service skills.
Working alongside the Community Harvest Manager, the Community Harvest Assistant performs all field-based tasks required to operate an 8-acre fruit and vegetable farm. This role also involves the daily coordination of volunteers working at the farm, as well as the occasional delivery of produce from the farm to the Ottawa Food Bank warehouse. The Community Harvest Assistant is also responsible for collecting donations by farmers attending a local farmers’ market.
Farm employee duties:
Donation and volunteer coordination at the Ottawa Farmer’s Market:
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
The incumbent must possess the following knowledge and skills:
RESPONSIBILITY FOR CONTACTS
The work involves ongoing contact with co-workers, volunteers, donors (farmers), and the general public.
Tact, discretion, and good manners are necessary when dealing with all daily contacts, especially when working with volunteers. The ability to effectively identify problems and resolve conflicts is required to work effectively as a team member.
The work requires the functional supervision of volunteers.
CONSEQUENCE OF ERRORS
Failure to keep the work environment clean and safe could lead to physical injuries, loss of property, equipment, vehicles or food. Errors in judgement or lack of discretion when dealing with daily contacts could impact on The Ottawa Food Bank’s image and directly affect its ability to efficiently and effectively deliver food to the agencies who serve the needy. Failure to be alert could cause serious accidents.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND TRAVEL
The nature of the work requires the incumbent to work outdoors in varying weather conditions and is required to ensure he/she acquire and wear appropriate dress. CSA certified work boots that are ankle high or taller and containing steel toe protection are mandatory footwear for staff operating heavy machinery both in the field and in the warehouse of the Ottawa Food Bank.
Access to a personal vehicle or reliable transportation for independent transport to the growing project site and occasionally to other local farms. The Ottawa Food Bank Farm site is located near Stittsville, ON and not accessible by public transportation.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS
Frequent heavy physical activity (e.g., the lifting of objects of up to 55pounds, occasional maneuvering of large pallets of food with pallet jack) and ability to bend, squat, walk, reach, and twist is required to perform the duties of the position.
The daily operating of farming equipment and/or working in the vicinity of farming equipment operated by others, as well as the maintenance requirements of the position require the incumbent to be alert at all times.
Good verbal and writing skills in English are a requirement of the position. Basic verbal skills in French would be an asset.
CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, approximately 7-month contract role.
COMPENSATION: Minimum $15/hour, commensurate with experience.
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